- 10 years ago
- Wedding: August 2008
In reading Miss Sushi’s post about wedding guilt, I wondered how people are sharing their special day with those who are unable to attend. My FH’s family is mostly from a small town in Texas and are unable/unwilling to attend our NY nuptials. Here are the ways we have considered "including" them in our celebration:
(1) A reception in Texas after the wedding where we can show a slideshow of the photos (or perhaps a wedding video if we manage to make room for one in the budget) and have a chance to mingle with those who were unable to attend
(2) A webcam (or a few of them) streaming our ceremony which his family can get together and watch (and the other friends and family that are unable to attend can also view) as it is happening (or close to real time) so that they can feel like they are sharing in our day
(3) The speakerphone option (I have actually seen this done, but it was adorable and ridiculous at the same time)
Of course, we also talked about moving the wedding so more of his family (but fewer of our friends) could attend, but that was financially impracticable. And whether it is a three hour drive or a three hour flight, many would not be able to attend if any travel were involved. We also discussed paying the way for more of his family to join us (but that was a financial impossibility).
What other options are there for sharing such a special moment and celebration with people who are unable to be physically present at the event? Surely with modern technology I can do something to lessen my guilt over the huge imbalance in representation at our wedding between the two "sides" of the guest list.